An update, I was issued a cease practice letter on Wednesday March 15th, the day after turning my response in to the board. I don't know how much my response really mattered as I turned it in at 4 pm on the 14th and got a call at 9 am on the 15th...doesn't seem like much time to contemplate. I immediately told my work and they're making me a ward clerk for the time being, so I'm not unemployed but definitely taking a pay cut and the BON couldn't give me an estimate of how long I might have to wait to get a decision...which is annoying but I have no choice but to accept it.
I've got a lawyer on the case and I'm going to try to fight it. Hoping the AG office will agree to settle for a longer probation period as I really don't think I can afford to go to trail. The settlement alone would cost me 4k in lawyer fees, not sure how much trial would cost.
In the interim, I've been applying for non-nursing jobs
like crazy, everything from social services coordinator to insurance clincal analyst. I also have a court date on April 19th to get my DUI expunged and after that, I won't have any criminal record to speak of. Also contemplating going back to school to get my Master's in a non-nursing field.
As much as I want to fight this, there's also a big part of me that's wondering if it will all be worth it. The best case scenario would mean my probation period would probably be extended for another 2 years past the original 3, with increased testing. Sometimes I wonder if it wouldn't be better to transfer to a lesser paying, lower stress career, as a good portion of my income is going to this program.
I'll keep you all updated, for now I'm just going to try to be the best darn ward clerk there is. It will be very humbling tomorrow to walk into work and have all these nurses that used to look up to me now be my supervisors, but I guess that is the nature of life. We are humbled today in preparation, hopefully, for the gifts we will receive in the future.